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Thread: CA-Existing rail routes hit a new snag causing even more delays - Homeless on the tracks

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    Exclamation CA-Existing rail routes hit a new snag causing even more delays - Homeless on the tracks

    Capitol Corridor trains have been running late. Itís not because of freight traffic

    By Tony Bizjak

    April 14, 2018 12:55 PM

    Updated April 14, 2018 04:34 PM

    Trains along the popular Capitol Corridor are running later than before, and homeless camps are partly to blame.

    Rail officials say more people have trespassed on train tracks in the last year, forcing engineers at times to hit the brakes to avoid a possible crash Ė and at times tragically unable to. Thatís left trains loaded with commuters or freight grinding to a halt in the middle of nowhere.

    Capitol Corridor board chair Lucas Frerichs said the issue is foremost about human safety. But, itís also a business problem.

    ďFrankly, we have a business to run, a service to the public. If people canít depend on the train being on time, they will choose other options,Ē he said.

    His train system, which connects the capital city and Silicon Valley, has seen its on-time record dip dramatically in the last year. Fifteen percent of trains were late arriving to their destination stations last month.

    The reasons arenít limited to trespassing. Agency officials say the rail line's problems with track signals, bridge closures and mechanical issues have been higher than usual. The number of vehicle strikes at street crossings has tilted up as well.

    Trespassers, though, represent an unnerving wild card, rail officials say.

    Train engineers frequently see people walking along rail lines in Sacramento and the Bay Area, Capitol Corridor head David Kutrosky said.

    ďItís unfortunately becoming more common,Ē Kutrosky said.

    Thatís prompted several rail agencies locally to launch crackdowns, including a joint effort starting this month between the Capitol Corridor and Union Pacific freight rail company, which owns the tracks used by many passenger services in California.

    The problem has become significant enough that Kutrosky sent an email last week to passengers asking them to report any encampments or large piles of trash they notice along the tracks while on their train ride.

    He said he and his crews have seen camps in secluded and wooded areas recently in Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis in the capital region, and Suisun City, Hercules, Berkeley, Oakland and Fremont in the Bay Area.

    Capitol Corridor officials did not provide crash numbers requested by The Bee, as of Friday. But a spokesman for the Union Pacific said three people were hit by trains between Sacramento and the Bay Area.

    If a person is killed by a train, it may be held in place for two to three hours as coroners, police and track inspectors do post-mortem work, officials said. That creates a domino effect, slowing passenger and freight trains from Sacramento to San Jose.

    But near misses are a problem as well, Kutrosky said. If a person is on the tracks or it appears like they may step onto the rails, ďan engineer will turn all the brakes at once and go into emergency braking applications.Ē Once a train stops, he said, ďit takes 10 minutes to reset the engine,Ē he said.

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    I wonder why?

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    America, where you can tear down law abiding citizens homes for the "common good," and not see so much as a tear shed, but can't $#@! with the homeless or else seem a cold-hearted S.O.B.
    Theye have refused their Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

    Theye have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

    Theye kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies

    Theye have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution,

    For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

    For cutting off our Trade with parts of the world:

    For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

    Theye plundered and destroyed the lives of our people.

    Theye are at this time transporting Armies of Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of a civilized nation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    America, where you can tear down law abiding citizens homes for the "common good," and not see so much as a tear shed, but can't $#@! with the homeless or else seem a cold-hearted S.O.B.
    Worse yet, $#@! with immigrant homeless, ya racist, xenophobic, cis-gender $#@!lord.

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    High speed rail won't help with that. No trackage is inaccessible, even if it's elevated.

    The only thing that will help prevent these bottlenecks is double track everywhere. I wonder how much that would increase the cost of their roundabout, mountain-climbing boondoggle?
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    Ron is wrong...
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    Amash is wrong...

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